Is Japanese Kanji more difficult than the Chinese?
Topic: Kanji writing and meaning
June 24, 2019 / By Cain Question:
I don't know the word for Chinese Kanji is but I heard the Japanese one is harder. Japanese Kanji usually comes with SEVERAL meanings and words whilst the Chinese Kanji is usually one meaning per Kanji. If you need to learn about 5 meanings per Kanji and 2000 Kanji then that's 10,000 words (and combinations). Whilst if its Chinese then its about 5,000 words but only one meaning per word. I have little understanding of this so please if anyone can help me it would be appreciated.
Best Answers: Is Japanese Kanji more difficult than the Chinese?
Aleric | 5 days ago
It's not quite what you think. First, there are two types written Chinese forms, basically the traditional Chinese used by Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan (though Japan has their own simplifications and different pronunciation sets for each character, but many remain as traditional Chinese in writing) and simplified Chinese used in mainland China. Here's an example:
The word for "joy; happiness"
Hong Kong and Taiwan traditional character - 樂
Japanese character - 楽
Mainland China simplified character - 乐
Another example, "Dragon":
Hong Kong and Taiwan traditional character - 龍
Japanese traditional / simplified - 龍 / 竜
Mainland China simplified character - 龙
You get the idea. In Chinese, each word also usually comes in several meanings, but for the sake of keeping it simple and teaching the basics to non-natives, they are usually taught 1 meaning per character. Note that many words that have one meaning or even more, are quite commonly used in combination with other words to make a new meaning altogether. For example, 三角恐龍 is made up of the characters 三 (the number 3), 角 (up to 11 meanings), 恐 (up to 3 meanings) and 龍 (dragon), but combined it really just means "triceratops". Another example here is 芝士, where 芝 has up to 4 meanings, and 士 up to 7 or 8, but the combined meaning is just "cheese".
In a nutshell, I wouldn't say one is easier than the other, as both Japanese and Chinese are difficult in their own ways. It's only a matter of which one you like better, and have the dedication to learn it well.
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